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Stephen Eichhorn: The Climb/Reality at the Damen Blue Line Station

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Stephen Eichhorn’s THE CLIMB/REALITY at the CTA Damen Blue Line Station

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER, 2013 
CTA Damen Blue Line Station

Johalla Projects, in collaboration with Alderman Joe Moreno and the WPB SSA #33, is very excited to announce STEPHEN EICHHORN: THE CLIMB/REALITY, a public art installation at the Damen Blue Line Station.

Stephen Eichhorn’s process explores his theories about construction and the natural world. Intuitively piecing together found images of flowers and foliage, Eichhorn creates a uniquely hybrid vegetation that exists only within a work’s frame.

By placing these lush microenvironments in otherwise empty spaces of color and texture, Eichhorn isolates them as subjects. As a result, the architecture of each piece becomes more engaging and more dramatic. Furthermore, Eichhorn’s works – especially when reproduced in such large scale as seen in the station – transform into sculptures themselves, further abstracting the physicality of the layered materials and the intricacy of their arrangement.

In The Climb/Reality, Eichhorn considers new ideas about surface, structure, and spatial relationships while simultaneously remaining true to his characteristically complex methods of collaging and draping. The pieces balance between contemplative and combative, signifying an exciting departure from the cool beauty of earlier bodies of work made up entirely of more conventionally beautiful plant specimens.

Stephen Eichhorn (b. 1984) lives and works in Chicago, IL. In 2006, Eichhorn received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been included in numerous national solo and group exhibitions, with highlights including Ebersmoore, Chicago (2012, 2011); the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL (2012); Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2012); Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago (2008); Josée Bienvenu Gallery, NY (2008); and Cairo, Seattle (2008).
–Written by Tyler Blackwell

A special thanks goes to WPB SSA #33 for sponsoring this project.
Printed by Latitude Digital Lab on Hahnemühle Fine Art paper.

For more information about this project, please contact Johalla Projects at johallaprojects@gmail.com.

Johalla Projects Presents Disappear Here: New Work by Heather Gabel & Matt Skiba

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Disappear Here: New Work by Heather Gabel & Matt Skiba

October 4 – October 25, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, October 4th from 7-10pm

Johalla Projects is pleased to announce Disappear Here, an exhibition of new work from artist Heather Gabel, in collaboration with longtime friend and Alkaline Trio front man Matt Skiba. The exhibition will feature mixed media collage and painting, as well as a short film produced and directed by Gabel and scored by Skiba.

The pair’s work, like their friendship, is divinely cohesive and seemingly created in tandem when, in actuality, the two live thousands of miles apart. Skiba’s contribution to the works on paper is reactionary to the mystical pretense of Gabel’s illusory imagery, while his accompaniment to the film is inspired solely by his internal deconstruction of a single photographic environment that transcends both space and time. In this sense, the resulting works are reflective and serene.

Disappear Here endeavors to exile the viewer to a meditative place of solitude that hangs heavy with a duality that is at once alienating and self-affirming. The pieces represent the genesis, completion, and infinite nature of a past, a present, and a future in full command of the power to continually re-manifest itself. The result is deliberate, impenetrable – a fortress of the self, strengthened by the alchemies of birth and death.

The exhibition will also feature limited edition prints and apparel available for purchase. A supplementary event – our next iteration of POCKET CHANGE: A PUBLIC ARTS FUNDRAISING SERIES – will be held at at THE EMPTY BOTTLE on Saturday, October 5th.

For more information about this exhibition or about POCKET CHANGE, please contact Anna Cerniglia at johallaprojects@gmail.com

Johalla Projects at Fountain Art Fair Chicago

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JOHALLA PROJECTS AT FOUNTAIN ART FAIR

SEPTEMBER 20 – SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 
Fountain Art Fair @ Mana Contemporary 
2233 S. Throop Street, Chicago, IL 60608 
BOOTH #7

Johalla Projects is very pleased to be exhibiting at Fountain Art Fair Chicago during EXPO Chicago weekend at Booth #7. For more about the Fountain Art Fair, including visitor information, performance programming, and musical guests, click here.

Exhibiting artists will include:
Ryan Duggan
Stephen Eichhorn
Heather Gabel
Chad Kouri
Ian J. Whitmore

Artist books, editioned works, and more will also be available at our booth.

You can purchase tickets for the fair HERE. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information about Fountain Chicago or exhibiting artists, please contact Anna Cerniglia at johallaprojects@gmail.com.

Johalla Projects Presents Ryan Duggan: Low-Dose No-Doz

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Ryan Duggan: Low-Dose No-Doz

September 6 – September 30, 2013

Johalla Projects is very excited to announce Ryan Duggan: Low-Dose No-Doz, its second solo exhibition with Chicago-based artist Ryan Duggan. The exhibition will run from SEPTEMBER 6 to SEPTEMBER 30. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, September 6 from 7-10pm.

Ryan Duggan’s work is keenly informed by the oddity of the everyday. Often fueled by his appreciation of signage and text, Duggan utilizes advertising strategies to subvert a traditionally informative message into something more intriguing or surprising. In this sense, Duggan challenges notions of purpose in visual communication and suggests an alternative way of “looking.”

For Low-Dose No-Doz, Duggan’s new works are simple yet bold, employing imagery and language that weave a common thread of confusion, depravity, and disinterest. In some moments, his seemingly spliced phrases tinker on the edge of absurdity, forcing the viewer to create his or her own unreasonable narrative in response. This approach, paired with Duggan’s stylistic typographical choices, hearkens to artists like Ed Ruscha, whose characteristic deadpan representations mask more complex issues or ideas.

In a more physical context, Duggan’s methods of making become highly visible – balancing between production-based sign making, traditional approaches to painting, and transformed found objects or sculptures. This melding of materials further disassociates the immediacy of advertisement-based language from its conventional form while simultaneously projecting a bizarre sense of nostalgia for a less-complicated era of communication. 

RYAN DUGGAN is an artist and printmaker working in Chicago, Illinois. His work spans a number of mediums but carries a common tonality and visual aesthetic culled from American advertising, design, and signage. Duggan studied advertising in college and currently splits his time between making art and screen-printing under the moniker Drug Factory Press.

For more information, please contact Anna Cerniglia at johallaprojects@gmail.com.

Johalla Projects at Lollapalooza 2013

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LOLLAPALOOZA ENLISTS JOHALLA PROJECTS TO CREATE MURALS FOR ENTRANCE-WAY TO PERRY’S STAGE

(Chicago, IL, August 2-4, 2013) – Johalla Projects is collaborating with Lollapalooza to create large-scale murals on this year’s entrance-way to Perry’s stage at the 2013 festival in Grant Park.

A shipping container at the entrance-way to the Perry’s stage section will feature murals from artist Ryan Travis Christian and a collaboration between Don’t Fret, CZR PRZ, and Brooks Golden.

This project marks Johalla Projects’ latest effort in their ongoing mission to expose the public to art outside the gallery walls. By showcasing murals at Lollapalooza, Johalla Projects is pleased to bring different artists together for a collaboration that will be viewed by such a large public audience.

For more information about this project, contact us at johallaprojects@gmail.com.

 

Johalla Projects Presents: Shannon – New Work by Recent Graduates of the Yale School of Art MFA Photography Program

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New Work by Recent Graduates of the Yale School of Art MFA Photography Program

JULY 12 – JULY 28, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, July 12 from 7-10PM

Marzena Abrahamik
Endia Beal
Elizabeth Bick
Johanna Case-Hofmeister
Tommy Kha
Michael Marcelle
Sophie Ruspoli
Justin Schmitz
Sadie Wechler
Rick Yribe

Johalla Projects is very pleased to announce Shannon, a group exhibition of recent graduates of the Yale School of the Art MFA Photography Program. Museum of Contemporary Photography Assistant Curator Allison Grant will contribute an essay to mark the exhibition. Shannon will run from JULY 12 to JULY 28. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, July 12 from 7-10pm.

Shannon is a collective consciousness, muse, and unifier, a mutual creation between these artists who have profoundly impacted one another. It is a way to express their individual work while, at the same time, find a commonality within their varied experiences as students and colleagues. During rigorous and constant evaluation, the artists attempt to find new ways of working through a diverse range of contemporary issues in photographic seeing.

In honor of Shannon, the artists are presenting their work out of the original context of their theses, interwoven to allow for new relationships and conversations to emerge.

The exhibition examines themes such as the necessity and risk of being in one’s own work, the transformation of the street and exploration of landscape through fantastical and optical manipulations, and the intervention of performance in both staged and nonfiction through improvisational methods of picture making.

Shannon is not necessarily a consequence or the result of their time together but rather the deep connection they all share despite their disparate approaches and practices. Shannon is this unique experience the artists leave behind as they pursue their own paths and voice.

This exhibition is a dedication to him, her, them, and us.

Shannon is being presented at the Aperture Foundation Gallery, NY from July 18 to August 15, 2013.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Phase One.

For more information, please contact Anna Cerniglia at johallaprojects@gmail.com

Johalla Projects Presents: I HEAR YOU SINGING THROUGH THE WIRES – NEW WORK BY JOSEPH RYNKIEWICZ

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I Hear You Singing Through the Wires

NEW WORK BY JOSEPH RYNKIEWICZ

JUNE 7 – JULY 5, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 from 7-10PM

Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only

Johalla Projects is pleased to announce I Hear You Singing Through the Wires, its first solo exhibition with Chicago artist Joseph Rynkiewicz. The exhibition will run from JUNE 7 toJULY 5. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, June 7 from 7-10 p.m.

 Joseph Rynkiewicz’s work is rooted in the imprint that every action leaves behind. Whether a dent in the cosmos or our consciousness, his work links time and place, people and nature and leaves behind questions—not as confusion but rather, meditation.

 I Hear You Singing Through the Wires reveals how performance, whether seen or unseen, continues to ripple through time and space. This metaphysical inertia is represented with beautiful simplicity in the crux of the exhibition, “Arrangement for Endlessness.” In reality, this telephone pole is a finite object installed within Johalla Projects, but the illusion, accomplished with mirrors, is that it extends infinitely in both directions. The viewer in Chicago is invited to imagine this expanding telephone pole generates a bridge from us to the other side of the world, which is literally somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

The works in this show are each icons of consequence. We are given a single snapshot of time and asked to conceptualize what came before and what may happen after and how all these moments are connected in some way. Like “Arrangement for Endlessness,” each of the works in this exhibition provide a meditation on the invisible network that reverberates through the universe, binding everything.

JOSEPH RYNKIEWICZ lives and works in Chicago. His work was recently shown at ACRE Projects and New Capital. He holds a BFA in photography from Columbia College and although he doesn’t really make photographs anymore, the degree helped land him a pretty great job. He loves whiskey and cats. Not always together. I Hear You Singing Through the Wires is also supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

-Written by Whitney Stoepel

For more information, please contact Anna Cerniglia at johallaprojects@gmail.com.

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